Why Choose Morrison’s As Your Home Construction Contractor?
From the initial hand shake to the moment you receive your certificate of occupancy, the general contractor you choose as your new home construction contractor to build your house will play an integral role in your daily life. Trusting someone with the task of building an expensive new home can be stressful, but you can feel at ease when you select Morrison’s as your contractor for your building project.
Here at Morrison’s not only is home renovation and remodel priority, but we also have a full portfolio of new construction jobs. We have experts taking care of every facet of new construction, from architects to carpenters, to plumbers and electricians. We also stand by our work with over 100 customer letters and references to back our work and customer satisfaction.
Below are tips from our experts for you the customer to better understand the home building process
Keep in mind that the homebuilding process may vary from home to home and region to region, especially if you’re building an elaborate custom home. Be sure to ask your builder about his or her specific policies and procedures.
1. Prepare site and pour foundation:
- The crew clears the site of trees, rocks and debris, and levels the site for the house and the septic system.
- The crew digs the holes and trenches and footings (structures where the house interfaces with the earth that supports it) are installed.
- If the home has a full basement, the hole is dug, the footings are formed and poured, and the foundation walls are formed and poured.
- Once concrete is poured into the holes and trenches, it will need time to cure. During this period, there will be no activity on the construction site.
- After the concrete is cured, the crew applies a waterproofing membrane to the foundation walls; installs drains, sewer and water taps and any plumbing that needs to go into the first-floor slab or basement floor; and backfills excavated dirt into the hole around the foundation wall.
INSPECTION #1: When the curing process is complete, a city inspector visits the site to make sure foundation components are up to code and installed properly.
2. Complete rough framing:
- The shell or the skeleton of the house is completed.
- Plywood or strand board sheathing is applied to the exterior walls and roof, and windows and exterior doors are installed.
- The sheathing is then covered with a protective barrier known as a house wrap; it prevents liquid water from infiltrating the structure, while allowing water vapor to escape.
3. Complete rough plumbing, electrical and HVAC:
- Electrical and plumbing contractors start running pipes and wires through the interior walls, ceilings and floors.
- Sewer lines and vents, as well as water supply lines for each fixture, are installed.
- Ductwork is installed for the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system, and possibly the furnace.
- HVAC vent pipes are installed through the roof, and insulation is installed in the floors, walls and ceilings.
4. “dried in phase”:
- Siding and roofing are installed, and thus the house is considered “dried in.”
- The electrician then installs receptacles for outlets, lights and switches and runs wires from the breaker panel to each receptacle. Wiring for telephones, cable TV and music systems is included in this work.
INSPECTIONS 2, 3 and 4: Rough framing, plumbing and electrical and mechanical systems are inspected for compliance with building codes. Most likely these will be three different inspections.
5. Begin Interior Work:
- Most homes are insulated in all exterior walls, as well as the attic and any floors that are located above unfinished basements or crawl spaces.
- Drywall is hung and taped. The primer coat of paint is also applied after taping is complete.
- Interior doors, baseboards, door casings, window sills, moldings, and other decorative trim are installed, along with cabinets, vanities and fireplace mantels and surrounds.
- Ceramic tile, vinyl and wood flooring are installed as well as countertops.
- Finishing coat of paint is applied to the walls.
6. Finish exterior work:
- Installing exterior finishes such as brick, stucco, stone and siding occur during this time.
- Generally, exterior driveways, walkways and patios are formed at this stage.
- Exterior finish grading is completed to ensure proper drainage away from the home and prepare the yard for landscaping.
8. Finishing Touches
- Light fixtures, outlets and switches are installed and the electrical panel is completed.
- HVAC equipment is installed and registers completed.
- Sinks, toilets and faucets are put in place.
- Mirrors, shower doors and carpeting are installed, and final cleanup takes place.
- Trees, shrubs and grass are planted and other exterior landscaping completed.
INSPECTION #5: A building-code official completes a final inspection and issues a certificate of occupancy (C.O.).